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4.52  ·  Rating details ·  5,533 ratings  ·  1,042 reviews
Dr. Harleen Quinzel has a theory: mental illness is a survival mechanism. As she seeks to help the broken souls of Gotham City piece together their sanity she will become the one thing she fears the most: one of them. A bold new retelling of the tragic origin of Harley Quinn told through the eyes of the only person who knows her better than anyone: Harleen.

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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by DC Black Label
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TJ As of right now, there's only one short follow-up story: Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #1 by Stjepan Šejić.

This book has been so popular though th…more
As of right now, there's only one short follow-up story: Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #1 by Stjepan Šejić.

This book has been so popular though that I'd be shocked if DC didn't push for a sequel asap. (less)

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Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a huge Harley Quinn fan. I like her well enough as a character, but I usually cringe when someone who doesn't read comics tells me that she's their favorite, because they're usually just some ding-dong who wants an excuse to wear booty shorts and pigtails as a Halloween costume.
Nope, I picked this up because I saw the name Stjepan Šejić.
His art is beyond phenomenal, so it wouldn't have mattered who the hell this was about, I would have immediately grabbed it.


I knew this was going to b
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I feel sorry for Harley but this book is fanfreakingtastic and the joker was hot 🤣😂

And the art is amaze balls!! I recommend owning the hardback!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed



Holy. Shit.

Sorry, I try not to curse in much in reviews, but I really don't know how else to respond to this. Stjepan Sejic has created not only one of the best comics I've ever read set in the DC universe, but one of the best psychological takes on the characters.

This won't be a review. I can't review this. I can only gush over it.

Harleen is a retelling of Harley Quinn's origin story. It is printed under DC's Black Label line (essentially an R rated line that can use more tradition
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well, this was disappointing 😞 - wonderful graphic art and illustrations - nice characterisation - beautiful display of Gotham City - Harleen starts off pretty well, but somewhere in the middle loses the track and the purpose - gets distracted and becomes more of a `show and display` - the purpose and core concept of the book, which is the transition of Dr. Harleen Quinzel into Harley Quinn, is never completely addressed.

It has all the colour, the glitter, the blood, the smiles and everything a
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
If there's one thing Stjepan Šejić knows (Well, besides drawing absolutely gorgeous sequential art.), it's smutty romance novels. And that's what this is, a smutty romance novel gone wrong. Harleen Quinzel is an isolated and alone psychiatrist trying to make a name for herself. She goes to Arkham to investigate the criminal mind where the Joker slowly sinks his hooks into her. Joker is the ultimate misunderstood bad boy. Šejić draws him as a fit, wiry, melancholy hunk looking to be saved. This i ...more
One of the best origin stories I've read. This is mostly told from inside the head of Dr. Harleen Quinzel, or Harley Quinn. This is the story of how her need to save the Joker led to her mind being shattered.


I love the artwork, rich colors with dark tones.

I would guess many people, especially women, have been with a guy that you can see their good heart and how easy it is to think with enough love and support you can help them through something to being better. I've been there. The st
Sam Quixote
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Harley was an accident - a happy accident, it turned out, but an accident nonetheless. Back in the early ‘90s in Batman: The Animated Series, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm introduced a female goon as part of Joker’s entourage who had no name. And then the fans began asking questions like “Is she the Joker’s girlfriend?” so Dini came up with a cutesy name - she was Harley Quinn, like a harlequin - and yes, she was the Joker’s girlfriend. But then people wanted to know more and so Dini came up with the ...more
Dave Schaafsma
I have not yet read any of Stjepan Šejić's Sunstone series, as none of the libraries in my system dared to put it on their shelves. What do I know about it? It's a F/F romance which begins with an assumption that two women can get together for a little BDSM play and just walk away (someone told me that "Sunstone" is the "safe word" they choose in their "play"). Sounds like fun, a little bit naughty? I just ordered the first volume, we'll see.

So I picked up Šejić's Harleen, which is the title of
Happy Valentines Day, Puddin'!

"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. On that road I saw a pale man... and he smiled at me."

Thanks to Todd Philips’ “Joker”, my obsession with my beloved Mr. J has gotten seriously out of control in late 2019. I even started watching “Gotham” and fell head over heels for the Valeska twins (because two Jokers are better than one… and I love me a ginger with a wicked grin!). So, needless to say, I was waiting for my copy of “Harleen” to be delivered with ba
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not much of a fan of superheroes and supervillains to be honest. Yeah, I watched a few Batman and Superman movies as well as the entire Marvel run thus far but after a certain point, enough is enough for me. Especially since there are sooo many different origin stories out there and I prefer one per character.

Anyway, this is another origin story, namely that of Harley Quinn aka Harlequin. She started out as a doctor, a therapist who wanted to help Gotham's worst criminals.

She ended up being
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such gorgeous art! I mean, seriously, I never would have expected something of this quality out of a Batman (sorry, Harley and Joker) comic. But it’s true. Not only the artwork is gorgeous, but it is easily the MOST gorgeous aspect of this graphic novel.

The story is quite solid as well. Very solid. It happens to be a very realistic, psychologically sound, origin story of Harley. A quasi-love story.

Well, actually, it IS rather romantic. It only ENDS in a murder. The rest of it is rather sweet an
Paul E. Morph
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, let me start by saying I wasn't as completely blown away by the artwork on this one as most other people seem to be. Don't get me wrong; it's good... it's very good, in fact. My main problem with it is that, while the painted colours are truly excellent, as are the page composition, visual storytelling and tone, the linework is more than a little rough around the edges. A more confident line would elevate this artwork to the level that most people seem to think it has already achieved. As ...more
L. McCoy
Holy fuck! Yep, I actually ended up giving a Harley Quinn series a 5-star rating!

What’s it about?
Dr. Harleen Quinnzel has issues. The scientific community looks down on her, she has low self esteem and even PTSD after nearly being killed by Joker. She thinks things are getting better when she gets funding for some potentially ground breaking mental health research... but to do it she has to deal with her new patients at Arkham and that only makes things worse as she descends into madness.

Why it
Holy Mac 'n' Cheese balls! That was amazing.

Okay, this is another origin story. I seem to be reading a lot of these. But with those superhero/supervillain comics you never quite know where to start, right? So why not start at the beginning?! Actually, this was the first time I’ve been reading Harley Quinn’s origin story. It still seemed somewhat familiar. But it doesn’t really matter, as it’s been told so well here.


So, Dr. Harleen Quinzel has this hypothesis about what’s dampening people’s abili
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of DCU
“Then again, in Gotham City, crazy certainly seems to be contagious.”

This was an amazing take on Harleen Quinzel’s descent into madness. The story didn’t shy away from psychological discussions, having a nuanced view that was focusing on morality, change, mental instability and manipulation. What I loved most about this story was how believable everyone’s behaviour was. From the villains, to the psychiatrist, to the cops, we follow the story of characters who have had enough, and they all re
I screamed when I got this in the mail.

The plot. Really? I feel like this goes without saying but it's Harley Quinn's origin story. Either you know it or you don't. If you don't, you need to stop reading this review and just read this book instead. If you do, then hi, *waves at screen like an insane... Harley*

The characters. First introduced back in 1992 as the Joker's girlfriend, Dr. Harleen Quinzel, fast became a fan favorite and soon got her own comic book. This year even saw the release of
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
My story's the one where the girl dances with the devil, and he takes her with him on a long road to hell.

I grew up on Batman — the films and the animated show — and Harley was one of my first favorite fictional characters ever, but somewhere along the way, I lost a little of my grip on what made me adore Gotham and its monsters so strongly. This graphic novel reminded me why I loved Harley so much to begin with. This was the most beautiful, perfect origin story I could've asked for. Wow. It
Rod Brown
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Harley Quinn story that is sexy, seductive, and so, so good. It's a pretty straightforward recounting of her origin story, telling it in greater detail but seeming to stay pretty true to the roots (though it has been a long time since I read The Batman Adventures: Mad Love and I've pretty much skipped all her DCU appearances since).

I like Stjepan Šejić's art a lot, and recommend Sunstone: Book One to anyone who wants to see him go even further into erotica than this Black Label title allows.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

Love is madness. Untamable, unexpected, uninvited. It whirls into your life and sweeps you off your feet. Blinded by it, driven by it, excused by it, nothing is ever the same. For one Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Love struck her with a mallet and left her with a vision of life that shackled her to a life of criminality. And that with none other than the Joker, a wild and unpredictable psychopath who happens to think thousands of steps ahead of the most
Stay Fetters
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
"My story’s the one where the girl dances with the devil, and he takes her with him on a long road to hell."

Harley Quinn was always the character that interested me the most. She’s smart and knew exactly what she wanted but she was also this psychotic badass who didn’t let anything stop her. Let’s not forget about her two lovely side pieces.

Harleen delves deeper into the life of Dr. Quinzel and how she became a Doctor at one of the most intense Asylums in Gotham. She had major plans to see what
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5 perfectly deranged stars.

This was perfect.

I don't think there was anything about it I can complain about. It humanized Harley Quinn and the Joker quite a bit and I liked that very much. Whether the Joker was somewhat being authentic was another topic entirely because you still see his narcissistic tendencies, yet somehow, I also saw a side of him I don't think I've seen before. I think villains are more compelling once you ge
♛ Garima ♛
I think this is the first time I have spent my hard-earned money on 'Hardcover' comic book, not that I am regretting...but I am realising it could quite addictive.

My knowledge of (Dr.) Harley Quinzel wasn't much, I knew of her just by watching Suicide squad. The trope is quite simple and frankly overdone so many times. A goody-two-shoes girl falls in love with the bad boy, wanting to 'save' him not knowing some 'things' cannot be saved. I think the wish is quite simple, save the boy and have yo
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this! The artwork and story were fab! Hope there will be more... after finishing this I went to find some more Harley to keep me going. I have to say the other editions don’t hold a candle to this version.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"My story's the one where the girl dances with the devil, and he takes her with him on a long road to hell."

I'm pretty sure Harleen is going to end up being one of my favorite books of 2020. Harley is my favorite character, and while I was excited for this book, I did wonder if there was more to add to her origin story. Stjepan Sejic does an amazing job at giving her character and story more layers than most writers do, and I really appreciated it. This is the book that Harley deserves. I loved
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing art and story, hardcover is well worth $20
Beth The Vampire
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recently, I have been interested in the psychology of the villain.

With the release of the movie Joker, this topic has come to the forefront. Now, this character is a murderous psychopath, his motivations are often unknown, and he has so many backstories it’s hard to know which one may be real, if any. But the movie doesn’t ask you to empathise with the Joker, but simply to understand him and watch his story unfold. What could create such a ‘monster?’ Is it trauma, society, or something deeper? S
Mel (Epic Reading)
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-print
This 100% my Harley Quinn. The psychological theory, social commentary, and psychosis that is shown in these beautifully drawn large format comics is superb. I love every panel, page, and word.
As a huge Harley fan I love the progressions her character gets to make over the years. This is Harley before Quinn. This is a girl trying to help and make a difference. And she’s expertly manipulated by a sexy, sexy stark white man with green hair. I dunno who decided to give the young Joker an amazing b
Star Rating: —> 5 [ BRILLIANT ] STARS !

Oh My God! This was the Harley Quinn story I always (never knew that I) needed! The story was SO well written... i am so beyond excited right now. The way Šejić approached Harley’s origin story was so brilliant... it had me absolutely captivated, holding my breath, waiting for what was to come next with giddiness, excitement, and even anxiety, from page one... and I’ve already read this story hundreds upon hundreds of times! But THIS? The way it was written
Stewart Tame
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I think this will stand for a while as the definitive Harley Quinn origin. The story is well-crafted and believable. The artwork is gorgeous. The book itself is a work of art. I love the use of clear overlays in the dust jacket. Insert standard rant about ebooks vs. physical media here.

The story … well, we know the story if we're the avid comics readers that I, at least, am. Dr. Harleen Quinzel studies the Joker, interviewing him for an extended period, falls for him and/or is seduced by hi
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Top-Tier Origin Story Aficionados
Shelves: dc
When the art is this gorgeous do you really needs words?

Fortunately, the words are pretty decent as well, telling the story of how promising psychiatrist Dr. Harleen Quinzel comes to the romantically charged breaking point that turned her into the villainous Harley Quinn.

I'm really glad I had the chance to read this in this massive hardcover format, definitely a title that deserves the Deluxe DC Black Label treatment.

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Stjepan Šejić is a Croatian comic book writer and artist, known for his work on the series Witchblade, Aphrodite IX, Sunstone, and The Darkness among others.

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“And that was it. He needed me. This scarred, broken man needed me... And I wanted to be there for him.
I wanted to smile for him...
I needed to.”
“Dr. Quinn..
No joke. I'd love to see you smile one day.”
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